farther/ˈfɑɚðɚ/orfurther/ˈfɚðɚ/; farthest/ˈfɑɚðəst/orfurthest/ˈfɚðəst/ farther/ˈfɑɚðɚ/orfurther/ˈfɚðɚ/; farthest/ˈfɑɚðəst/orfurthest/ˈfɚðəst/
Learner's definition of FAR
1 : at or to a great distance in space or time
The dog wandered far from home.
These new discoveries will allow us to see far into the past.
She lives far out in the country.
the far distant future
The house is set far back from the road.
The deadline is not far off/away.
regions far to the north
a town not far from Chicago
“Where's the park?” “It's not far (from here).”
He still lives not far from where he was born.
She doesn't like being so far (away) from home.
2 : to a great extent
It's far [=much, a lot] easier to deal with these problems now.
a far better choice
The car is far too expensive.
The two sides are still far apart. [=a long way apart]
His policies are far different from those of his predecessor.
People are now living far longer.
“It is a far
better thing that I do than I have ever done…”
Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities (1859)
3 : to or at a particular distance, point, or degree
Those birds aren't usually seen this far north.
They have offices as far west as Ohio.
People come to this museum from as far away as California.
The word was used as far back as the 17th century.
The hills extend as far as the eye can see.
4 : to an advanced point or extent
These reforms don't go far enough.
They've gone about as far as they can.
He drove the tent stake far [=deep] into the ground.
We've come too far to quit now.
We've accomplished a lot, but we still have far [=a long way] to go.
She has a lot of talent. If she works hard, she should go far. [=she should be very successful]
as far as
1 a — used in expressions like as/so far as I know to say that you think a statement is true but that there may be something you do not know which makes it untrue
b — used in expressions like as/so far as (something) goes and as/so far as (something) is concerned to mean “about (something)” or “with regard to (something)”
It's safe, as far as I know. [=based on what I know, I think it's safe, although it is possible that it is not safe]
The investigation isn't making much progress, as far as I can see/tell/judge.
c — used in expressions like as/so far as (someone) is concerned to mean “in someone's opinion”
He has no worries as far as money is concerned. [=he has no worries about money]
As far as the weather is concerned, we've been having nothing but rain for the past week.
As far as I'm concerned [=in my opinion], everything he says is a lie.
As far as she's concerned, he's perfect.
2 informal : with regard to (something or someone)
: by a great extent or degree
far and away
: by a great extent or degree : by far
far and wide
1 : in every direction : in many different places : very widely
far be it from me
: it would not be correct or appropriate for me — followed by to + verb — often used when you are about to give advice or criticism and you know that you have no real right to say what you are going to say
: certainly not : not at all
The trip was far from a failure. [=the trip was not a failure at all]
He was far from (being) friendly. [=he was not at all friendly]
It is far from certain that the strike will be settled soon.
The investigation is far from complete.
She argues that the new law, far from being an aid to small businesses, will actually hurt them.
“Was the movie disappointing?” “Far from it! We had a great time!”
: in a very bad, weak, or confused condition because of being sick, tired, drunk, etc.
He had been drinking for a couple of hours, so he was pretty far gone by then.
She was too far gone to understand what we were asking her.
: very wrong : very far from being correct
from far and nearorfrom near and far
: from distant places and from near places : from many different places
1 : to what extent or degree 2 — used to ask about the distance between places
1 : until the present time : to this point
◊ The phrase so far, so good is used to say that something (such as a project or an activity) has proceeded well or without problems until now.
2 : to a certain point, degree, or distance
so far as
— see as far as 1 (above)
: until the present time : so far
Learner's definition of FAR
always used before a noun
1 : very distant in space or time 2 — used to refer to the side, end, etc., that is more distant
There is a fishing camp on the far side of the lake, but nothing on the near side.
the far bank of the river
a table at the far end of the room
the far left
: the group of people whose political views are the most liberal
the far right
: the group of people whose political views are the most conservative